Lucky for me, my second opportunity to throw a big party was right around the corner. Paul's party was the first weekend in June and my grandparent's 50th Anniversary was Labor Day weekend. That gave my family and I all summer to plan. And boy, did we plan!
I usually love to have some fresh flowers at a party. In this case we picked yellow roses to stick with our 'Golden' theme.
My great Aunt and Uncle live in this beautiful farm house in rural PA. They were kind enough to open their home to us and practically let us take over it during the preparations. The weather was gorgeous and the scenery beautiful.
The peanut butter apple bites made another appearance. Last time I used Granny Smith apples, this time it was Golden Delicious with gold sprinkles.
The candles in the mason jars really added a touch of elegance and sophistication. Because we were traveling, we opted to buy a cake from a local bakery who came through for us. My grandparents loved seeing their photo on the cake. (I'm continuously surprised by the amount of people who still don't realize you can do this)
My sister made her fantastic oreo balls. This time dipped in white chocolate candy melts and painted with gold luster dust.
I love creative ways to display silverware...or plasticware in this case. It takes such a simple thing (everyone needs utensils) and really kicks it up a notch. My mom had these baskets leftover from some other party.
One of my favorite all time things to make are these mini chocolate chip cheesecake cupcakes. Was that long enough for you? They are de.lic.ous. In fact, if you've ever been to any shower I've hosted, odds are, you've had one or two or ten. My mom made these for one of my sister's baptism parties years and years ago and I remember loving them so much, I searched through her recipes and found it. I love, love, love the gold liners used to help us stick to our theme!
My sister found these cheap gold frames which came in handy for this fun photo display.
A gold theme candy table. This is one area that I look back on and realize how much cuter it could have been. With most of our energy going to baking and traveling, the candy table definitely got neglected. Seriously, you should have seen how packed my van was!
Speaking of my van.
Our invitations were simple, homemade, cheap and fun.
The favors were little jars of apple jelly. Originally, I had every intention of making my own jelly. After looking into how many supplies I was going to need and exactly how time consuming it was going to be, I nixed that idea really fast. Instead, I bought huge jars of apple jelly and divied them into adorable little mason jars.
I did; however, take the time to make the personalized favor tags.
If you know me, you know I love anything personalized.
I haven't planned any more huge parties recently. Hmm...what should I blog about next? Maybe a peak into the bridal showers I've thrown? I'm trying to build your suspense til I get to the cookies. Ok...maybe not your suspense....just mine. I can't wait to write about them!!!Add a comment »